Meal Prices 2015 – 2016

fork knifeBreakfast-  $.85 for all schools
Reduced price breakfast- $.30 for all schools
Elementary Lunch-  $1.70

Reduced price lunch- $.40 for all schools
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I would like to welcome  you to Kindergarten again. I enjoyed meeting all of you during orientation. This is going to be a great year. Many exciting things are planed for this school year. Hope you are ready!

Parents, thank you for choosing an apple from the “Giving Tree”. Your donations will be greatly appreciated.

A Kindergarten newsletter will be coming soon.


Thank you,

C. Boone

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FBES WILL ADHERE to the “Wellness Policy”

Florence Bowser Elementary will be adhering to the Wellness Policy.”

  • Only Items from the approved snack list will be permitted.

  • The cafeteria will have birthday cupcakes and ice cream, that may be ordered/purchased with advance notice, for your child’s birthday. “Mini Cupcakes” are no longer allowed.


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Welcome Back Warriors!

welcome back 2School begins Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Our hours are 8:25 am – 3:00 pm.

Bell schedule 2015-16

Summer Reading Assignments

Nansemond River Bus Routes

New meal prices:
Breakfast (Reduced) – $0.30
Breakfast – $0.85
Lunch (Reduced) – $0.40
Lunch – $1.85 (New price)

The first round of SOL Testing will begin Friday, September 8!

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Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year

The administration and staff of Forest Glen Middle School welcome the new school year with a theme bulletin board on the 6th grade hallway.  The theme is ” A Learning Community”  represented by a visual of a tropical ocean of fish which  learn together and swim together in unity and have a dedication towards continuous improvement and a  commitment to working together.  Principal Melvin Bradshaw,  Dean of Students Dr. Andrea Wilkins , and the staff of Forest Glen will welcome the rising 6th graders and the returning Wildcats for a year of new possibilities and high expectations of success in the 2015-2016 school year!We Swim Together

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Welcome 8th Graders!

This Tuesday we will start the 2015-2016 school year. This website will provide students with all of their Geography needs. Students can find daily assignments, homework and classroom PowerPoints all on this site. There are also review websites to sharpen Geography skills.

I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you! Geography is a very exciting subject that teaches History, Civics, Economics, culture and map skills all rolled into one class. Get ready for an exciting adventure around the world!


Mary Francisci

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Welcome to 2015-2016!!

I am looking forward to this year!! I will be teaching one class of Honors Algebra II / Trig, two classes of Algebra II, and two classes of Probability & Statistics.

I will be updating this blog periodically with tutoring schedules and announcements, as well as posting PowerPoints from class, note outlines, and other resources. Check back regularly.

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Forest Glen Has A New Dress Code!


Make sure you check out the new dress code for Forest Glen Middle School! Use the link below to access the code and return the bottom portion to your homeroom teacher.

Student Dress Code 2015 2016

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VA Association of Science Teachers Conference

2015 Annual PDI

November 19-21, 2015
Westfield Marriott
14750 Conference Center Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151

Designing Inquiring Minds

The hallmark of critical thinking is an inquiring mind. Good thinkers are good questioners. What they see, read, hear, or engage with results in questions. If good thinkers are good questioners, then are good questioners good thinkers? Absolutely they are and science education plays a significant role in the development of critical thinkers!

Designing inquiring minds in our students begins with the teacher and the practices he or she uses in the classroom. Instructional strategies become to the tools to model how to think and ask questions. Assessment practices help teachers to design instruction to continue to move students along in their journey towards developing an inquiring mind. Books become resources students use to find answers to questions they ask and infusing writing across the curriculum using science experiences provides students with a way to make their thinking visible.

This year’s professional development institute will provide learning opportunities for teachers to develop the ability to engage students in effective science practices while encouraging the growth of an inquiry mindset in our students.

To register, for the PDI or the PDI and the Donna R. Sterling Institute, click here!

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FREE to 3rd – 6th Teachers – Two-day Science Conference

In partnership with VAST, the Elizabeth River Project is offering two workshops this fall! They are free and will get you a free VAST membership!

Making Natural Connections to the Chesapeake Bay is a workshop that takes the classroom outside to make natural connections to the Chesapeake Bay. The two-day conference includes free registration, free membership to VAST, educational resources, and recertification points! Space is  limited to 25 teachers per workshop weekend. Please contact Adrienne Sawyer for questions and bring a bagged lunch. Here are the dates! To  register, click on the links below:

1. Making Natural Connections to the Chesapeake Bay: 3rd – 6th Teachers - September 19 and 20, 2015

2. Making Natural Connections to the Chesapeake Bay: 3rd – 6th Grade TeachersOctober 3 and 4, 2015

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ODU Ed Leadership Cohort – Summer 2016

Executive Ph.D. in Educational Leadership @ Old Dominion University

(Ph.D. in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership)

Are you interested in earning a Doctorate in Educational Leadership while working full-time in your current role?  Learn more about the Executive Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Program at Old Dominion University.  Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2016 cohort.

The Executive Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Program at Old Dominion University is a rigorous doctoral program designed for educational leaders working full-time in PK-12 schools and divisions.  Offered in an innovative cohort format, PK-12 school leaders engage in intensive discussions and research around educational problems of practice and policy, learn skills to connect theory to practice, and explore and understand the role of educational leaders in change and organizational dynamics.

Learn more about the program in one of our information sessions and other details about the program in the attached document.

2016 Executive PhD Ed Leadership ODU

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Discovery Education Fall VirtCon 2015 – FREE

fall virtcon

Discovery Education Fall VirtCon 2015
Saturday, October 24

Literacies for the Digital Age
Join us for the Discovery Education Fall VirtCon as we reimagine traditional teaching and learning through the integration of Kathy Schrock’s 13 Literacies for the Digital Age. Learn from inspiring educators as they share practical strategies that empower students with a set of critical thinking skills that yield greater real world understanding with exploration guided through a digital literacy framework.

Broadcasting live from Discovery Communications headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Fall VirtCon is offered free of charge.

Join Us

Watch live-streamed presentations from inspiring administrators, teachers, content experts and others in your Discovery Education Community.

Register Now

Attend a Viewing Party

Browse the map at the bottom of the website to see what viewing parties are currently being hosted in your area. Don’t see one? Host your own!

Attend a Viewing Party

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VA Children’s Engineering Convention – Call for Presenters

Call for Presenters

Apply Now!

The 20th Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention will be held February 11-12, 2016, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. We invite PreK-5 teachers, principals,central office staff, and educational resource providers to submit a session proposal that showcases best instructional practices.

Proposals should demonstrate how the Standards of Learning can be reinforced through experiences that integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in ways that will reinforce children’s ability to:

  • explore how people create, use and control technology;
  • apply knowledge in mathematics, science, English, and history and social sciences in solving problems associated with design, engineering and technology;
  • use tools and materials to develop technological literacy and self-confidence.

The deadline for proposal submission is October 15, 2015. Please consider sharing your teacher tested best instructional practices with other educators across the Commonwealth of Virginia and internationally.

The Call for Presenter form can be accessed at along with links to other convention information.

Participants will receive 10 re-certification points for full participation in the convention, when they have prior approval from their school administration. Presenters may receive additional re-certification points.

We look forward to networking with you in February.

Barbara Adcock, President
Virginia Children’s Engineering Council
P. O. Box 29307
Henrico, VA 23242
Lakesia Jolley-Washington, Sessions
Virginia Children’s Engineering Council
P. O. Box 29307
Henrico, VA 23242

The Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention is sponsored by the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council in corporation with the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association and the Virginia Department of Education.

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VA Council of Mathematics Specialists Annual Conference

VCMS Annual Conference
Virginia Council of Mathematics Specialists is hosting its annual conference September 24-25 focusing on “Students Thinking and Engaging in Mathematics.”  This is an opportunity for mathematics specialists and mathematics teacher leaders to network and gain new ideas to enhance their work with elementary and middle school teachers and students.  Registration is open until September 11.

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Teaching, Learning and Poverty Institutes

Teaching, Learning and Poverty – September 22 at Shenandoah University and October 28 at Longwood University

Teaching, Learning and Poverty: Meeting the Needs of a New Demographic is a multi-session institute intended to deepen educators’ understanding of the inequities and challenges of children and families living in poverty, and to help schools respond with actions that have positive effects.

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Dinner Theater Tryouts

movie_clapper3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students:

Are you interested in being in Oakland’s Dinner Theater Production?  Check out the permission slip link below.

Dinner Theater Permission Slip

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?ELL Training – November 16-17

ELL Training – November 16-17

VDOE is offering a two-day training titled English Language Development Standards: Customizing Instruction for English Language Learners in Roanoke. For details, see Superintendent’s Memo 193-15.

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Primarily Virginia Course- Begins Sept. 21

Primarily Virginia Course- Begins September 21

This online course is offered by the Virginia Historical Society designed for teachers to explore Virginia’s past by examining primary sources.  Participants will receive 45 points that may be used for recertification. Register by September 14.

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FREE Online Modules about Learning and Behavior Problems   

Effective Strategies for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems 

VDOE in collaboration with Old Dominion University has created a series of evidence-based online modules that focus on specific behavior strategies. Register online.

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D.E. History

Welcome students!  This is going to be a new and interesting venture for us at Nansemond River!!! Here is a link to the textbook we will be using.  You will receive a book once class starts, but for ease of transport & accessibility, I found it in a .pdf form. It’s too large for me to embed, so we’ll see if this link works.

See you Tuesday!!

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